Lone Star Politics: Tradition and Transformation in Texas (4th Revised edition)

Lone Star Politics: Tradition and Transformation in Texas (4th Revised edition)

By: Ken Collier (author), Steven E. Galatas (author), Julie D. Harrelson-Stephens (author)Paperback

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Explaining who gets what and how, this Nagodoches author team uses the comparative method to set Texas in context with other states' constitutional foundations, institutions, electoral practices, and policymaking. Chapter objectives reinforce learning and encourage analysis, while core assessment questions prompt students to apply their knowledge. Readers will come away with a strong understanding of Texas government and gain the needed foundation to assess the state's political landscape. The new Fourth Edition is thoroughly updated, and includes expanded coverage of federalism, Rick Perry's legacy as governor, the impact of the state's growing diversity on political participation and behaviour, and important policy discussion around fracking, education reforms, and immigration. New full-page infographics visually capture a chapter's key concepts, making the abstract understandable and comparisons easy.

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About Author

Ken Collier is associate professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He has is the author of Between the Branches: The White House Office of Legislative Affairs and is currently conducting research on presidential speechwriting. He has published articles in such journals as White House Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Choice, and Social Science Quarterly. Steven Galatas is associate professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a PhD from University of Missouri. He has published articles in Journal of Politics, Public Choice, Party Politics, PS: Politics and Political Science, and Politics and Policy. His research and teaching concerns comparative elections, voting behavior, and campaign finance. Julie Harrelson-Stephens is an associate professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, with a PhD from the University of North Texas. She has co-edited, with Rhonda L. Callaway, Exploring International Human Rights: Essential Readings and has been published in Conflict and Terrorism, PS: Political Science and Politics, Human Rights Review, and International Interactions. Her primary research interests include human rights, regime theory, and terrorism.

Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Texas Geography History: The Birth of Texas Traditions Texas Statehood Texas Legends: Sam Houston Texas Legends: Bob Bullock Transitions to the Twenty-first Century A Tradition of Change Winners and Losers Texas versus Vermont Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 2: Texas Constitution Constitutional Government The Federal System of the United States Texas and the Fed on Abortion Texas Constitutions Texas Legends: James Collinsworth Texas Legends: E. J. Davis The Current System: The Constitution of 1876 Texas versus Connecticut Criticisms of the Texas Constitution Texas versus Massachusetts Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 3: Texas Legislature The Texas Legislature in Context Typologies of State Legislatures Qualifications for Office and Length of Terms Theories of Representation Texas Legends: Barbara C. Jordan Winners and Losers Electing the State Legislature Texas versus North Dakota Texas versus Arizona Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 4: Legislative Organization and Process Legislative Organization Texas versus Nebraska Texas versus New South Wales Winners and Losers Legislative Process Texas Legends: The Killer Bees Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 5: Texas Governors The Office of the Governor Texas Legends: Ann Richards Powers of the Governor Informal Powers Winners and Losers Texas versus Louisiana Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 6: The Plural Executive and Bureaucracy in Texas The Plural Executive Boards and Commissions Texas versus Georgia Texas Legends: Texas Railroad Commission of Texas Texas versus Bavaria Bureaucratic Accountability Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 7: Texas Judicial System Judicial Federalism and Texas Courts Texas versus Kansas Local Trial Courts County-Level Trial Courts Texas Legends: Judge Roy Bean District Courts (State-Level Trial Courts) Appellate Courts Texas Legends: Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr. Judicial Selection Texas Judges Problems with the Texas Judiciary Texas versus Missouri Criminal Justice in Texas Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 8: Texas-Sized Justice Justice in Texas Incarceration in Texas Texas Legends: The Texas Rangers Texas Legends: Chicken Ranch Rights of the Accused Law and Punishment Texas versus California Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 9: Campaigns and Elections, Texas Style Democracy, Representation, and Elections in Texas Voter Qualifications and Registration Voting Rights in Texas Winners and Losers Getting on the Ballot in Texas Electronic Voting in Texas Texas Legends: Landslide Lyndon Texas Pioneers: Early Voting Types of Elections in Texas Primary Elections versus General Elections Texas versus Oregon Texas versus Louisiana Too Much Democracy? Voter Registration and Turnout Electoral Competition in Texas Elections Campaign Finance in Texas Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 10: Political Parties The Development of Political Parties in Texas Texas versus New York Political Parties in Texas Texas Legends: Pappy O'Daniel Party Organizations Texas versus Iowa Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 11: Organized Interests Organized Interests in Texas Politics Texas Legends: James Leininger Influencing Policy in Texas through Organized Interests Texas Legends: The League of United Latin American Citizens Texas versus Washington Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 12: Local Government in Texas Local Government: The Basics County Government, Texas-Style Cities Texas Legends: Tommy Joe Vandergriff Texas versus Ohio Texas Legends: The Galveston Hurricane Other Forms of Local Government Texas versus Tennessee Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 13: Fiscal Policy The Policymaking Process Sources of State Revenue: Taxes Texas versus Connecticut Winners and Losers Sources of State Revenue: Other Resources Spending and Budgeting Fiscal Policy Tools Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 14: Education and Social Policy Education Policy Texas Legends: Neither Separate Nor Equal: Hispanics in the Education System Texas Legends: Mansfield High Texas and the Fed on Education Winners and Losers Texas Legends: Governor James Ferguson and the University of Texas Winners and Losers Health and Human Services Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions Chapter 15: Transforming Texas: Energy, Environment, Transportation, and Immigration Policies Oil and Gas in Texas Texas Legends: Hot Oil Environmental Policy Texas versus California Texas Legends: Private Property and Takings Winners and Losers Transportation Policy Winners and Losers Immigration Policy Winners and Losers Conclusion Key Terms Review Questions

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/03/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781483352770
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 592
  • ID: 9781483352770
  • weight: 898
  • ISBN10: 1483352773
  • edition: 4th Revised edition

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